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only on al jazeera america emergency meeting on refugees. european leaders agree to create 100,000 spaces at receptions centers. ♪ ♪ you are watching al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also ahead, land slide victory ex-comedian jimmy wins guatemala's presidential election. plus the syrian president says he's open to elections and a political solution to end the war. but there is a catch. and prominent palestinian activists says there has been an attempt to kill him after he was
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a tagged outside his home. ♪ ♪ hello. after a very contentious emergency summit e.u. and balkans leaders have finally agreed on new measures to help deal with europe's refugees crisis. here is what the agreement entails. 100,000 places in refugees welcome centers will be created. within a week 400 police officers will be sent to slovenia which has struggled with arrival numbers. the e.u. will discourage the movement of refugees and migrants without warning neighboring countries and appoint contact officers to monitor numbers of people and share that information with other authorities. david chater reports. >> reporter: every day count. otherwise we will soon see families in the cold rivers of the balkans perish miserably. chilling words from the president of the european
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commission jean claude younger welcomed more for meetings about the crisis. a 17-point action plan was approved. first and foremost the delivery of humanitarian aid and the building of new shelters for the people seeking sanctuary inside the european union. the summit also agreed to speed up the processes and registration for genuine refugees. they'll no longer be waved on across bodders for the next country to deal with. slovenia's prime minister described the situation in his country as unbearable and had a stark warning to his counter parts. >> if we do not deliver some immediate and concrete actions on the ground in the next few days and weeks, i do believe that european union and europe as a whole will start to fall apart. >> reporter: that action is underway, action that might begin to restore the image of the e.u. as a beacon of
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humanitarian values and prevent the erection of anymore razor wire on the borders of europe. >> translator: we have all signed the convention on refugees and what is happening does not correspond to the values which before signed up to. >> the immediate imperative is to provide sheltie and insure refugees and migrants along the western balkans route are treat ed in a human manner. it cannot be that in the europe of 2015 people are left to fend for themselves sleeping in fields, waiting in chest-deep rivers in freezing temperatures. >> reporter: fresh from the greek crisis angela merkel is now trying to guide the european union through an even bigger test. 10s of thousands of lives are still at stake. it's a test she's determined she will not fail. david chater, al jazeera,
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brussels. well, one refugees camp near slovenia's border with croatia has been overwhelmed by the number of refugees arriving. robert is there and sent this report. >> reporter: this is the point at which the refugees enter slovenia. this is their first destination. an enclosure in a field behind me. there are no tents. there is very little in the way of warm clothing or decent feed for them to have here. they have taken to burning whatever they can find, rubber or plastic, in order to tree try to keep themselves warm. the it's a very acrid smell that i am getting. and the night has fallen so it will be another cold night for those who have entered here. about a thousand at a time and they must wait here for up to 10 hours. we have been hearing from some reports of volunteers who have been working inside before they could be moved onto processes camps. now, that is the humanitarian aspect that needs to be
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improved. many people are telling us with regard not just to here but also the other camps in slovenia. and eventually, if these countries can all agree on a coordination system, things will start moving. so that we don't have backlogs and the people like the refugees in this country are camp don't have to wait so long in the cold before they can move forward. they can't move forward until the next camp is cleared of its group of refugees. and the next camp that's closer to the austrian border they also are unable to take on the continuous flow without closer coordination between the countries involved in this transit from western balkans in to the european union. the bodies of at least 14 people thought to be refugees have washed ashore in libya. the libyan red crescent team said they were found on bodies east of tripoli. estimated that two and a half thousand people have drowned trying to reach europe in the
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mediterranean sea so far this year. two turkish fishermen who rescued an 18 month old syrian child and his family out at sea have visited the family videos from the men showed the boy laying down in the water, when they hauled him onto the boat they realized he was still alive. and they began to revive him. the boys' mother described them as heros and said they have given her family another chance at life. ray comedian turned politician has won guatemala's lex in a land slide victory. the final result is yesterday to be announced jimmy morales has 70% of the vote already. and his opponent the former first lady sandra torres has conceded defeat. >> reporter: former television need comeed vinnie jimmy morales as taken the second rounds of president hal elections here on sunday. now, jimmy morales was with the
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conservative fcn party and he is not a career politician at all. in fact, he has no political experience whatsoever. but what you might think would actually have worked against him, has worked in his favor. now, that's because people here are tired of politicians. they say that the political elite has done nothing but pocket money and pointing to that they look at the political corruption cases that have been taking place in guatemala since april, a massive scandal, which brought down the president and the vice president, removing them from office and now they are in prison waiting to go on trial for corruption. now, jimmy morales swept through with this wave of popular discontent all watt i through the first round of elections where he came out on top and now he has won nearly 70% of the vote in order to take the second round of elections. he will takeoffs in january. but he's going to have a difficult time once he takes office as well.
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he will be dealing with very limited budget resources and dealing with a divided congress. so it's going to be very difficult for him to pushing through some of the political reform that his people have been calling for in a very short amount of time with a lot of eyes on him. so certainly the work is up against jimmy morales at this point trying to steer guatemala on a clearer course. argentina's presidential election is headed to a second round run off after a surprisingly tight election. and whoever wins the next vote will become the first president elected through a run off in argentine history. al jazeera's teresa reports from baun he is or he is. >> reporter: it seemed impossible. but the leader of the let's change coalition forced a powerful ruling party to a second round. the first run off in argentina's
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history. >> i ask you now to take the years that it takes and we won't stop until we achieve. because every day from december 1 i promise you we will be a little better. >> reporter: his followers celebrated until late at night. many couldn't believe what was going on. >> translator: we are going to vote to a historic election and we will win. we will win the presidency and we are going to be an excellent government. >> reporter: but at the front for victory headquarters the scenes was completely different. christina kirschner's handpicked successor appealed to the undecided voters promising reform. >> translator: with all my experience i ask the undecided and independent to vote for this agenda for a great future for argentinian development. >> reporter: in a few -- until a few minutes ago this place was filled with people expressing their support. but now they are leaving disappointed because they
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expected him to get a lot more votes. something have stayed, however, saying that they are getting ready for the run off in november. >> translator: this is the way democracy works. we'll have to convince people that ours was the better choice. >> reporter: analysts here say the big challenge is the power christina kirchner will have ones she hands over the presidency to whoever wins in november. >> translator: in november after the run off the problem is governmentbility. christina will continue to have power and influence. she wants to come back in 2019. it's going to be difficult for any president. >> reporter: with less than a month to go, both candidates will now use this time to fight hard for the presidency. teresa bo, al jazeera,. mexican president enrique peña neito has traveled to the pacific coast to assess the damage caused by hurricane patricia.
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nearly three and a half thousand homes have the been affected in the busy support city. the government has been praised for a successful emergency response. patricia is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere. and remnants of hurricane pa trick a have led to flooding in the texas. hundreds of motor assists were left stranded on the highway as you can see in the pictures due to the heavy rain there. emergency teams have been rescuing people stuck in the high waters. five people have died off the coast of canada after a whale watching boat they were on capsized. it happened close to the city of victoria in the province of british columbia. 27 people were on the vessel when it overturned and search and rescue workers say one person is still missing. let's take you to the election in tanzania now. members of the opposition saying the police have raided their independent vote-counting certainty. it comes as the ruling party looks set to claim victory in the presidential and parliamentary elections. a number of opposition officials were also a revvedded in the
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police operation. early indications are that voter turn out was high. catherine soi joining us. first tell us about that police officer and the raids and if police have said anything about it at all? >> reporter: police haven't given an official response. the raid happened last night. sunday night. the people who were there, about 40 of them who were in that to go center for the opposition party were arrested. we have spoken to the lawyer of the party who said that the police told them that the reason why they arrested these people is because they were involved. they think that these people are involved in human trafficking zipped cats. quite bizarre. they are saying these people are involved in a human trafficking syndicate and were also processes counterfeit visas as well. the lawyer is saying he's trying to follow-up on exactly what it
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minds the people who are arrested are still being held at the central police station here. right now i am at the national tallying center where tallying hasn't started there are 63,000 -- 60 are 63,000 polling stations in this country. more than 63,000 so it's going to take a while. but then this national coalition has until five days, have up to five days to make a final announcement. the they say the officials said they want do this as quickly as possible in three to four days they are telling people to be calm and wait patientsly to keep the peace, but it's very uncertainly times. one more thing i want to add is that we were reporting yesterday about some people, thousands of people here who were not able to vote because either their names were missing in voting lists or
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electoral registers were missing in some areas, these people are voting now, but like i said, doreen, very uncertain time here in tanzania. >> okay, cath ridge, thank you for that update. at least two people have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in the eastern afghan city. a bus carrying members of the afghan human rights commission bass targeted. five others wound ed in that tack. here is what's coming up. a river of rubbish in the lebanese capital. how people are taking matters in to their own hands as trash piles up. plus. >> reporter: i am imtiaz tyab at the centuries old copper market in central baghdad where fathers and sons have foe general takes turned sheets of copper in to works of art. coming up find out why see few of the artisans remain.
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beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the soundbites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. ♪ ♪ the top stories on al jazeera after an emergency meeting in brussels, e.u. and balkan leaders have agreed to a new plan to try to tackle europe's refugee crisis. among the measures 100,000 places and refugees reception centers will be create. a comedian has juan gall moughmallguatemala's election. he won in a run-off vote despite his lack of government experience. members of the tanzi samardzija knee an opposition party say police have raided
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their independent vote counting certainty. it comes as the ruling party look set to claim victory in the presidential and parliamentary elections. the syrian president bashar al-assad believes that he can still be part of a political solution to end the country's four-year civil war. but he says any agreement will depend on eliminating what he calls terror i felt oreses. mohamed jamjoon reports. >> reporter: throughout the past week in state room after state room. diplomats discussed and debated. a war as bloody as any in recent memory. one that millions are still desperately trying to flee. no matter the cost. just a day after russia called for new elections in syria, presidenpresident bashar al-asst with russian law makers in damascus and declared he's willing to take part in new poles if the syrian people supported the idea. in capital after capital. talks turned again to
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transition. even though at times it has sounded as though diplomacy is as deadlocked as ever. in coul cairo, after a meeting h his egyptian counterpart, saudi foreign minister declared al-assad has no role whatsoever in to play in syria's future. >> translator: egypt's stand on syria is similar that on saudi arabia that, we want a transition to take place in syria. both countries civil and military institutions preserve and above all to see the syrian people determining their own fate in the future. >> reporter: syria's opposition, meanwhile, says they are not opposed to compromise. provided it's not al-assad they need to compromise with. >> the problem this is for begin with, he is now a war criminal. or at least a an alleged war criminal balls of the
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destruction he's brought to the country. i don't think a foreign power could have made as much did he truck as he has done in syria. the people are not going to talk with a person who killed their kids and destroyed their cities. >> reporter: on the ground in syria, the situation deteriorates more by day. many of the family who his have managed to escape the fighting haven't yet been able to escape hostility. as syrian children too young to understand the war they fled have become far too a customed to both injury and humiliation. while aid groups haven't stopped warning about the perils of a lost generation, a generation now devoid of hope faces fence that his won't let them pass and governments that don't want them in. mohamed jamjoon, al jazeera. some areas in lebanon's capital are completely covered with rubbish. for months it's been piling up after a landfill site was closed.
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and now heavy rain has washed it onto the streets. paul reports. >> reporter: a river of trash flows down the middle of a lebanese street. it's hard to imagine this place was once the destination of choice for the world's jet set. now residents of beirut have to tread carefully. >> translator: today we are covered with rubbish due to the rain. there was a river full of garbage from the high area to here. we were swimming amid the rubbishing. there is how our government works. >> reporter: garbage has been piling up in the city since this summer. residents have no choice but to dump their trash on the streets. many fear the unan terry conditions will lead to illnesses and diseases spreads by insects. since lebanon's largest landfill reached full capacity in july, the gridlocked government has not been able to identify a new site. now heavy rain over the weekend spread litter from the streets and the banks of the beirut river all over the city. volunteers from the you stink campaign are trying to help.
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the #youstink has been the social media lobbing i tool for frustrated lebanese, donning face mask to his conceal the stretch volunteers gathered on the banks of the river to pick up what they could. >> translator: the main idea was to clean the banks of the river. and because of the rain, we were obliged to patch the trash in to the river in order not to close the sewage as water enters the houses. the river has been changed in to a dump is instead i've river and the health situation is becoming very dangerous. the garbage crisis has ignited mass protests against the government. angry residents took to the streets four weeks ago, they demanded parliament take action or resign. anti-government protesters are accusing lawmakers of corruption. they say parliament members are busy lining their own pockets. they are demanding the government provide basic services. >> all 24 ministers have a veto power now and they are debating
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their share of everything in power and basically cripplalling of the entire government which has not met for the past six weeks in any meetings. the council of ministers is totally crippled and the country is left without leadership. >> reporter: a national dialogue is scheduled for monday. on the agenda the latest crisis playing a city once considered the paris of the middle east. diplomatic efforts to resolve the current unrest in israel in the occupied territories will continue in brussels later on monday. palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas will meet the e you feel's foreign policy chief the access to al action a mosque will be high on the agenda. this follows a series of clashes. in hebron a 16-year-old palestinian girl was shot dead
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by israeli forces. police say they was armed with a knife but palestinian sources deny this. while a prominent palestinian activist says there was an attempt on his life. he goes unidentified assailants attacked him outside his house. he was injured in the face after the attackers who described as israeli agents stabbed him before fleeing. an investigation has now been launched and the u.n. speced quart made feeder peace process has condemned the attacks. this is what he had to say: for centuries iraq has been fame for us its copper hands i craft. as imtiaz tyab reports, the industry is now in danger of dan
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vin irvinvanishing forever. >> reporter: for 40 years he has hammered sheets of cop never to works of art. the intricate hand work was taught to him by his father who leared from his father, his family has worked from this stall for as long as anyone can remember. but he's afraid he's the last one. >> translator: my sons are not going to follow me food steps. unfortunately, they believe this profession is going to be extinction. thethere are just a handful of s artisans remaining due to the poor security and economic conditions of the country. as well as the lack of foreign tourists. >> reporter: baghdad's market has been around for centuries all sorts of goods are sold here, but for generations it was the top destination for traders from across the middle east looking for highly-prized copper hand crafts. that only start today change with the u.s.-led gulf war in
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1990. at the time there were hundreds of stalls selling hands made copper goods in the market. now only around 15 shops remain. with just five still crafting new pieces. the artisans of the copper market say it's not just successive wars, economic sanctions, now nearly nonexistent tourism that has hurt their profession. it's also the growing popularity of cheaply-made factory goods that are produced in a similar style. this coffee pot was imported from india. he says goods like these are roughly assembled by machines and are made out of inexpensive materials. but the replicas cost less than a quarter of his handmade creations so he says he is left with little choice t but to sell them to keep his business afloat. >> translator: when i sell my handmade items it's like parting with a part of my body. would you believe.
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i know each sharp detail of it. i dare these factory machines to craft such beautiful art like this. >> reporter: copper artisans are now calling on the government to invest in the industry but few have much hope it will. and are all but certain iraq's long tradition of copper craftsmanship will soon disappear for good. imtiaz tyab, al jazeera, at the market in central baghdad. the giant rock formation the famous australian tourist attraction and sacred to ab judgaboriginals. it's been 30 years since it was handed back to its inning doubling now own, he andrew thomas reports. >> reporter: geologists think this has stood for hundreds of millions of years. the tim of a rock that extends five-kilometers under ground. for 10s of thousands of year, indigenous aboriginal people made it central to their culture and beliefs. then in 1873 colonialists arrived.
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declared it their rock and cleared aboriginal people from the area. in 1985. exactly 30 years ago, the wrong was put right. at a ceremony at its base. it was handed back to its traditional guardians. for them to manage, live near, and earn tourist revenue from. >> i now place in the hands of the aboriginal land trust the title deeds. >> reporter: back then, the hand over was controversial. a light plane was flown over the ceremony towing the slogan of those opposed. >> what i remember on the day was sea of a people. it was a big scene handing back a major icon for all australians. when you are handing it to one group of people that made it awkward for, you know, the new australians to come to grips with. >> reporter: now the hand over is seen as a high point for aboriginal land rights and for reconciliation between first australians and descendants of
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colonialists. >> translator: we realized we had our land back. it was finally ours. we were here and we could work. >> reporter: 30 years on, there are celebrations and commemorations. not just for the hand back of the rock itself but for the symbolism it had for recognition of the indigenous more broadly. hopes the hand over would harold a major change in indigenous fortunes have only been partly fulfilled. >> it was an op is a pitch and i would lovoptimism.we are still r housing, for the most basic human rights. >> reporter: that is obvious at the community at the base of the rock. it has a brand-new swimming pool but it's still a very poor place. evening though there was a national apology in 2008. the constitution still doesn't recognize that australia was even inhabited before white settlers arrived. a referendum to change that,
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though, is planned. the hand over was a significant moment packed with symbolism. 30 years on it's being celebrated but still marginalized indigenous australians know they have more big battled ahead. andrew thomas, al jazeera, central australia. innovations that can change lives. >> the science of fighting a wild fire. we're going to explore the intersection of hardware and humanity and we're doing it in a unique way. this is a show about science by scientists. tonight: technkow in search of the great american prarie. >> we're in the prarie state yet ironically, we have such little of it left.